CARES Act

New Castle County was awarded $322 million from the United States Treasury as part of the CARES Act. The County is investing in daily coronavirus testing, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), COVID-19 related reimbursement for municipalities and fire companies, housing assistance and specific emergency assistance programs for non-profit organizations.  

The County Executive convened Support Committees to provide recommendations on additional spending priorities, resulting in the following four funding opportunities. 

NOTE: The US Treasury requires that any funds granted must be spent by 12/30/2020.


1) Health Equity Grant

DEADLINE: 9/11/2020

Non-profit groups, organizations and small businesses addressing health equity issues in New Castle County can submit a proposal to receive funding to continue or expand their efforts to address health disparities in vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Application deadline: Friday 9/11/2020 at 11:59pm.

Online application link

Press Release 8/21/2020


2) Innovation Grant

DEADLINE: 9/11/2020

This grant seeks to fund innovative solutions to COVID-19 problems and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Examples of competitive proposals include unique ideas to contract trace positive cases, commercial cleaning technology and solving problems stemming from the coronavirus. Groups encouraged to apply include small businesses, entrepreneurs, non-profits, health and science organizations. Entities must be based in New Castle County. Funding will be disbursed to the highest scoring proposals for the implementation of their idea.  Application deadline: Friday 9/11/2020 at 11:59pm.

Online application link

Press Release 8/24/2020

Innovation Grant Notice of Funding


3) Food Distribution Grant

DEADLINE: 9/4/2020

Non-profit groups and organizations addressing increased food insecurity in New Castle County due to the COVID-19 pandemic may complete this online application to receive funding to purchase needed food supplies. Funding will be shared proportionately, based on the number of people being served during the pandemic. Application deadline Friday 9/4/2020 at 11:59pm.


Online application link

Press Release 8/25/2020


4) Distance Learning Grant

DEADLINE: 9/18/2020

As public schools re-open using hybrid or virtual models, teachers are faced with challenges of teaching their students through distance learning. New Castle County will offer additional resources to help our teachers and students succeed in this challenging environment. Principals at district and charter K-12 schools in New Castle County can apply for funding to support their distance learning programs. Funds will be awarded on a per-pupil basis. Deadline Friday 9/18/2020 at 11:59pm

Online application link

Press Release 8/27/2020


Municipality & Fire Company Reimbursement

Step 1 - Complete Certification Form

Below you will find the form for your municipality or fire company. Please download the form, fill it out completely, have it notarized by a Notary Public, and mail to the following address:

County Attorney
New Castle County Office of Law
87 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720

Municipality Certification Form

Fire Company Certification Form

Step 2 - Receive Credentials

Once the certification form is processed, New Castle County will email authorized users their credentials that can then be used to submit reimbursement requests.

Step 3 - Submit Reimbursement Requests

Authorized users can submit new requests and check the status of existing requests using the links below.

Reimbursement Request Form

Check Reimbursement Status

Acceptable CARES Act Expenditures